The Wolfeboro Area Children’s Center Seeks an Executive Director
The Children's Center, a highly respected, financially stable, and mission-critical nonprofit organization focused on early care and learning and school-age programming is hiring an executive director to launch its next phase of growth. Under the current long-term executive leadership, the Children’s Center became firmly grounded in the Wolfeboro, NH community and is now poised to grow and adapt to meet new demands. The Children’s Center is an organization with strength in its comprehensive programming, quality staff, financial position, and receptivity to meeting the community’s child care needs.
The Board of Directors of The Children’s Center seeks an energetic, personable executive director who is knowledgeable about education and early learning and care. The Children’s Center’s next leader will be ready to embrace the organization’s legacy and interact with the community to assure high quality, relevant services are being delivered. The Center is located in Wolfeboro, NH, a recreation center on the shore of Lake Winnepesauke and vibrant community, year round.
About The Children’s Center
The Children’s Center is a mature and successful 501 (c) 3 organization. One of a kind in the area, it is a model for early care and education, preschool special education, school-age programs and family services. The Center is the only child care facility in the region that has both Licensed Plus recognition from NH Child Care Licensing and Strengthening Families designation by NH Dept. of Health and Human Services. It is a NH Dept. of Education certified Preschool Special Education program offering services to children within the Governor Wentworth School District. Additionally, it offers comprehensive family strengthening programs and cooperates with other agencies in the delivery of home visiting services to new mothers.
The Children’s Center provides services for children ages six weeks through 12 years through the following programs: Infant and toddler care; Preschool program and child care; School-age Programs including before and after school programs, snow day, holiday and vacation programs; Brain Boost, an advanced academics program; Camp All Star, an exciting, flexible and challenging summer program including outdoor adventures such as kayaking, biking and hiking; Magic Moments Preschool, a lab school on site at the Lakes Region Tech Center; NH Dept. of Education certified Preschool Special Education program; Family services and assistance; Strengthening Families program; and Small Steps Toddler program.
The Children’s Center employs 47 full- and part-time staff with a remarkable longevity among senior staff. The board is comprised of 20 community members and parents of diverse backgrounds, many of whom have served for 10 years or more. The budget of $1.6 mil is supported by a well-managed $4 million endowment overseen by a separate Board of Endowment Trustees and an important gift in perpetuity that provides considerable discretionary funding.
Strategic Opportunities and Challenges
The Children’s Center is at an important juncture as it transitions from its long-serving and well-respected leader (who followed the founder) to a new executive director empowered to bring new skills and strategic focus. A strategic plan and accountability process carefully guides the work of the staff and board. The next executive will be expected to address the following strategic and operational priorities:
- Seek readily available collaboration opportunities to strengthen existing services and add new ones, e.g. family services. Assess current program strengths and determine The Children’s Center’s role in partnership delivery.
- Advance the look and visibility of the organization to appeal to those interested in service enrollment. This includes enhancing marketing materials and the facility, as well as active outreach into the community. The facility has recently undergone renovations with some remaining smaller renovations being completed.
- Broaden diversified funding opportunities through a revived donor appeal, writing new partnership and sustaining grants, and seeking corporate underwriting.
- Shape a cohesive staff team and attend to succession planning of the long-term staff.
- Partner with the board to clarify roles and determine areas where it can be of keen assistance to the senior staff.
The Ideal Candidate
In addition to the strategic and operational acumen required of every executive director in a nonprofit of The Children’s Center’s size, this position requires the executive director to be the community face of the organization, a program planner and a staff supporter. The ideal candidate will possess and demonstrate these skills, attributes and experiences:
- Passion for Mission: The successful candidate must have a genuine passion and commitment to The Children’s Center’s mission.
- Knowledge of the Field: The ideal candidate is current in the trends of the early childhood learning field, child development, and programmatic best practices.
- Communicator: The ideal candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills and will be a proven spokesperson who is comfortable representing The Children’s Center in public settings.
- Team Builder: The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to a diverse and inclusive work environment. S/he will inspire confidence and trust in agency staff to work to their greatest potential and be accountable to their work. Candidates will demonstrate that they will embrace and encourage a learning environment.
- Community Builder: The ideal candidate will have the interpersonal skills and savvy to forge collaborative relationships and partnerships with various public, private and nonprofit constituencies, parents, community residents, and stakeholders. S/he will have proven problem solving, listening and facilitation skills.
- Nonprofit Acumen: The Children’s Center’s next executive director will be experienced in effective operational and organizational management. The Children’s Center’s budget of $1.6 million requires a hands-on executive who is knowledgeable about financial management, human resource practices, facility management and licensing compliance / government regulations. Comfort with information technology at a level expected of an executive director is required.
- Effective Fundraiser & Resource Manager: The next executive director will have proven skills in acquiring and managing diverse funding, applying a compelling vision for the organization to funding opportunities.
- Experience Working with Boards: The next executive director will be experienced in working effectively in partnership with boards of directors or advisory groups to carry out the mission of the organization.
Educational Requirements: A Bachelor’s degree is required, with a degree in Early Childhood Education or related field preferred. Candidates must show seven years or more of increasing leadership responsibility in the nonprofit / education arena.
Submission of Candidacy
This executive search is being conducted by Third Sector New England’s Consulting and Executive Transitions Program with Transition Consultant Nancy Jackson. All submissions are confidential until the finalist round.
This is a full-time position offering a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with skill and experience.
Interested candidates should submit materials online:
Please include your resume and a cover letter stating your salary requirements, where you learned of the position and a description of how your qualifications and experience match the needs of The Children’s Center.
The Children’s Center is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates.